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Uncivil War: Intellectuals and Identity Politics during the Decolonization of Algeria

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Uncivil War is a provocative study of the intellectuals who confronted the loss of France’s most prized overseas possession: colonial Algeria. Tracing the intellectual history of one of the most violent and pivotal wars of European decolonization, James D. Le Sueur illustrates how key figures such as Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Germaine Tillion, Jac ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 430 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by University of Nebraska Press (first published April 23rd 2001)
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Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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I'm not sure why in its description it is referred to as a 'provocative' study . . . I didn't see anything particularly provocative about it.

The five stars owe to the level of scholarship displayed in this thing. It is not a general history of the war, but a surprisingly interesting and readable account of French intellectuals' involvement and reaction to the war - from Soustelle and Tillion to Sartre and Fanon, from Camus (who is the saddest and most fascinating of them all to follow through t
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James D. Le Sueur is Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and has been a Senior Associate Member of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford.
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